TMC Invited speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS at 5th Migration Conference in Athens are to be announced here!
In previous years, Migration Conferences entertained distinguished scholars delivering key note speeches including:

  • Professor Caroline Brettell, Southern Methodist University, USA [2015]
  • Professor Barry Chiswick, George Washington University, USA [2014]
  • Professor Karen Phalet, KU Leuven, Belgium [2016]
  • Professor Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, USA [2015]
  • Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent's University London, UK [2014, 2016]
  • Professor Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, USA [2012, 2015]
  • Professor Samim Akgonul, Strasbourg University, France [2016]
  • Dr Nedim Gürsel, CNRS, CETOBaC & INALCO, France, Turkey [2015]
  • Professor Philip L. Martin, University of California, Davis, USA [2014, 2015]
  • Professor Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, United Kingdom [2012]
  • Professor Kemal Kirisci, Bogazici University, Turkey [2012]

Professor Caroline Brettell is Ruth Collins Altshuler Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA. She holds a Ph.D. from Brown University. Caroline Brettell joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 1988. In 2003, she was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and in 2009 University Distinguished Professor. She served as Director of Women's Studies from 1989-1994 and as Chair of Anthropology from 1994-2004, as well as Dean ad Interim of Dedman College, 2006-2008. She is currently serving as the Ruth Collins Altshuler Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute in Dedman College. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown University. In 2000-2001, she served as President of the Social Science History Association and between 1996 and 1998, she was President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE). She served as President of the SMU Faculty Senate and as a member of the SMU Board of Trustees in 2001-2002. She served as a member of the selection committee for the International Dissertation Research Program for the Social Science Research Council (2003-2005) and for their International Migration Program (2000-2002). She has also served as a member of SNEM-3 Scientific Review Panel, National Institute of Health (1999-2003). Among her research interests are: migration and immigration, the cross-cultural study of gender, the intersections of anthropology and history, and European ethnography, particularly Portugal. Other interests include ethnicity, historical demography and family history, kinship, and the anthropological study of religion.
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Professor Jeffrey Cohen's research focuses on three areas: migration, development and nutrition.  Since the early 1990s he as studied the impact, structure and outcome of migration from indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico to the US with support from the National Science Foundation.   He has also conducted comparative research on Mexican, Dominican and Turkish migration.  His work on traditional foods, nutrition and migration was supported by the National Geographic Society.  In addition to ongoing work in Oaxaca, he is currently studying the migration of Mexicans to Columbus.

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Professor Kemal Kirisci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at Brookings Institute, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies.
Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Chair UC Comparative Immigration & Integration Program. Philip Martin received his degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. His research focuses on: immigration, farm labor, and economic development. Martin is Chair of the University of California’s Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and editor of the monthly Migration News and the quarterly Rural Migration News. Martin has earned a reputation as an effective analyst who can develop practical solutions to complex and controversial migration and labor issues. In the U.S., he was the only academic appointed to the Commission on Agricultural Workers to assess the effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He received UC Davis’ Distinguished Public Service award in 1994. He assessed the prospects for Turkish migration to European Union between 1987 and 1990, evaluated the effects of immigration on Malaysia’s economy and its labor markets in 1994-95, and Martin was a member of the Binational Study of Migration between 1995 and 1997. In 2001-02, he assessed the options for dealing with unauthorized migration into Thailand.
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Professor Douglas Massey is a professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His research focuses on the sociology of immigration with particular emphasis to North America. He received his B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and Spanish, from Western Washington University in 1974, and in 1977 he received an M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University. Massey holds a PhD from Princeton University. Douglas S. Massey is the founder and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project and the Latin American Migration Project, with his long-time collaborator Jorge Durand. Massey was president of the Population Association of America in 1996. He served as the 92nd president of the American Sociological Association, 2000–2001. Since 2006 he has been president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
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Professor Tariq Modood is the founding Director of the University of Bristol's Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. He has held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), have over 30 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 150 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy. He is the co-founding editor of the international journal Ethnicities. His recent publications include Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (Polity, 2007; second edition, 2013); Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (Trentham Books, 2010); and as co-editor,  Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness (Palgrave, 2011);  European Multiculturalisms (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); Religion in a Liberal State (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Tolerance, Intolerance and Respect: Hard to Accept? (Palgrave,  2013).
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